The Center for South Asia at the University of Wisconsin – Madison is made up of a community of faculty and staff who reflect the diversity and global relevance of South Asian Studies. Through our diverse academic disciplines, summer language institute, annual conference, student organizations and outreach programs, the Center seeks to define and promote greater understanding of South Asian history, language, religion and culture. We also support linkages to other relevant area studies and global studies programs that emphasize transnational flows of culture, people, money in ways that are important to a better understanding of South Asia both in the past and the present.

Featured Film


DVD – (22 minutes, 1970, black & white)

Price: $195.00 + shipping and handling

banaras…presents the currents and moods of the city through a series of strikingly common and uncommon visual images. It captures the pulse of daily life that returns again and again to the Ganges River and its sacred waters. The film explores the city’s shrines, its crowded lanes, its roadside stalls, its cremation-wood cutters, its funeral processions, its young, and its old. The film gives the viewer a feeling for the people of Banaras – their faces, their periods of activity, and their moments of public worship and private reflection.

Available in the online store.


  • TODAY: Talk on news media in Pakistan

    Friday, October 20th at 6:30 PM in Nancy Nicholas Hall, Room 2255. The Pakistani Students Association is hosting a speaker event with Ali Ahsan, former UW graduate and co-founder of mangobaaz, who will give a talk about news media in Pakistan. This event is open to the public. Snacks will be served.

  • Four UW-Madison Dissertators Awarded Fulbright-Hays Funding

    The prestigious Fulbright-Hays-Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award was recently awarded to four UW-Madison students: Nicolle Etchart (Ecuador), Lindsay Ehrisman (Uganda), Alicia Wright (India), and Akshay Sarathi (Tanzania). These awards enable researchers to spend a full year abroad completing field research vital to their dissertations. Learn more about the students and their research here.

  • Center for South Asia is now on YouTube

    The Center for South Asia has officially launched a YouTube channel. We will be posting videos from our Lecture Series and the upcoming Conference on South Asia. You can subscribe to our channel to stay up to date on all the postings. Find us on YouTube here.

  • India Night at Goodman South Madison

    On Friday, October 13, Poonam Rao of Celebration Arts and UW Urdu Instructor Gwen Kirk joined CSA Associate Director Lalita du Perron at the Goodman South Madison Library for an evening of book readings in Urdu and English, henna art, and Indian food.

  • 2017 South Asian Book Award Ceremony October 18

    The 2017 SABA Awardees will be honored with a ceremony and reception at the Michigan Library Association Annual Meeting on October 18 in Lansing, Michigan. The 2017 SABA books will be available for purchase, and authors Mahak Jain, Elly MacKay and Eric Dinerstein will be present to sign books.